Stranded in small country due to bad weather, passengers of a trans-euro train must hole up in a small hotel for the night. Socialite Iris Henderson meets old governess, Miss Froy, who vanishes without a trace by sunrise. The young woman investigates the mysterious disappearance.
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Strong, brisk Hitchcock direction of this 1938 pre-war spy caper. The opening scenes in the pseudo rustic Swiss-style hotel are charming, lively and effectively disarming before the main action on the train - Murder on the Orient Express (1934) be damned, Agatha Christie would have been proud. Margaret Lockwood, so delightfully modern in her manner. Chin up old chap ...!
Que dire? Un pur chef-d'oeuvre! Une réflexion puissante sur la manipulation doublée d'un grand film d'action. Les acteurs sont géniaux. Hitchcock à son meilleur. Je ne comprendrai jamais les gens qui sous-estiment ce film....
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. The first half hour was kind of unbearable despite the subtle humor. Once the train gets moving and builds some momentum The Lady Vanishes is great. Redgrave and Lockwood are superb together and once the shooting started it got really fun. Lots of Hitchcock's budding style and elements that would be continually borrowed from for decades to come.
Early Hitchcock mystery about a young woman who meets an elderly nanny on a train, who mysteriously vanishes and the young woman seems to be the only one who remembers her. A nimble, highly entertaining mystery filled with intrigue, humor, and Hitchcock's signature prowess for suspense. One of Hitchcock's most purely entertaining efforts.
Early Hitchcock classic is as much a sophisticated English comedy as it is a mystery thriller. It may not be as darkly stylish as Hitchcock's later work, but it's got colorful characters, some great snappy dialogue, and a compelling central mystery - and Hitchcock's mastery of cinematic storytelling is solidly in place.
I only like Hitchcock's films from the 30s-40s and this is my favorite. I love not knowing which of all the elaborately portrayed side characters is going to be key later in the story or what line of dialogue will turn out to be revealing. Unlike his big hits like Rear Window, where he mutes and distances the others and focuses on the archetypes that he really cared about: the hero, the girl, and the mother figure.